Police in Ho Chi Minh City said Sunday they have busted an illegal marriage brokerage that was lining up brides for South Korean men.
They said they caught two Korean men, Choe Dong-myong, 43, and Chol Chan-ha, 61, red-handed last Tuesday selecting wives from several Vietnamese women at a hotel in District 5.
Choe reportedly paid Do Viet Bang, 35, US$3,500 for their accommodation and wedding expenses.
Each selected woman's family were to be paid VND4 million ($192), the police said.
Tran Due Xuong, 46, who brought the women, was also to be paid a similar amount.
Bang, who ran the service with his wife, 34-year-old Tran Thi Bich Tuyen, confessed to police that he had earlier set up six such marriages.
Tuyen acted as the interpreter.
Many Vietnamese women from poor families in the Mekong Delta are enticed by brokers to marry Taiwanese and South Korean men, most of whom are either too old or too poor to find a bride at home.
These marriages are, however, plagued by problems caused by language and cultural barriers, and very few, if any, Vietnamese women enjoy the fairytale life they think they have achieved.
Last week the South Korean consulate in Vietnam said that a Vietnamese woman, who had married a Korean man in this fashion, was killed by her husband in South Korea on March 6.
The husband, reported to be depressed, committed suicide afterwards.
Last year another Vietnamese woman had been stabbed to death by her Korean husband. Similar tragedies were also reported in 2010 and 2007.